The Wild Nature Institute Conducts Scientific Research on Endangered Wildlife, and Inspires the Public to Protect Wild Nature.
The world is in the midst of a climate crisis that is made worse by a biodiversity crisis. Wild Nature Institute programs address these two crises at the same time through science, education, and action. Protecting Wild Nature and Biodiversity is our best defense against the climate crisis. Our scientists conduct original field research, analyze existing available data, and synthesize primary scientific literature to inform education and actions that protect wild nature. Our main projects include Masai giraffe research and protection in Tanzania, saving the Tarangire wildebeest migration, native forest protection, and environmental education to teach children and adults the value of protecting wild nature. We support the Nature Needs Half movement, the Half Earth project, the Green New Deal, Extinction Rebellion, Climate Strike for Action, and other similar movements to protect our planetary life-support system. We disseminate our results in reports and peer-reviewed publications, presentations at scientific and management conferences, articles and editorials in the media, meetings with decision-makers, comments on land-management plans, and other innovative outlets such as the videos on this website.
Our Staff :
Monica Bond, PhD, is a wildlife biologist and biodiversity activist with 20 years of experience in ecology of wildlife in fire-affected forests and 10 years in ecology of wildlife in African savannas. Her extensive research on the use of severely burned forest by Spotted Owls and Black-backed Woodpeckers has led to increased protection of this habitat type from post-fire logging. As an advocate she has monitored public and private lands management activities to ensure adequate protection for imperiled species. She also studied space use by small mammals and Burrowing Owls in western grasslands, and demography of northern elephant seals and Hawaiian monk seals. Monica is affiliated with the University of Zurich where she studies giraffe social behavior.
Derek Lee, PhD, is a quantitative wildlife biologist with expertise in conservation demography and population ecology. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to study African ungulates, and is a Senior Ecologist in the Ecological Society of America. Current research investigates Masai Giraffe and other large mammal populations within a human-impacted landscape in Tanzania. This work examines how births, deaths, and movements of ungulates are impacted by increasingly fragmented wildlife habitat, and what conservation actions are most effective. He spent 10 years researching the impacts of climate and ocean conditions on survival, reproduction, and population growth rates of marine predators such as northern elephant seals, Common Murres, and Cassin's Auklets at the South Farallon Islands, California. His work was included in a conservation and management plan for seabirds in the California Current. He also studied migration of Black Brant in Humboldt Bay as well as fire ecology of small mammals in California's oak woodlands and California Spotted Owls in the Sierra Nevada. Derek is an Associate Research Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
James Madeli, BS, is the Research Coordinator for Wild Nature Institute. James completed his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife Science and Conservation at the University of Dar es Salaam. He assists with field data collection for the Masai Giraffe Conservation Demography and TUNGO research projects.
Veila Makundi, BS, is the Anne Innis Dagg Education Coordinator for Wild Nature Institute. She obtained her bachelor of science degree in Environmental Sciences and Management at Sokoine University of Agriculture. She coordinates Wild Nature Institute's environmental education programs in primary and secondary schools throughout the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem.